The Man Behind the Mic: PW Alum Quin Hoffman

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Quin Hoffman is a junior double majoring in Professional Writing and English. He is also Head News Director at MSU’s Impact 89FM radio station. Originally joining the radio team during the Fall Semester of 2013 with a focus on writing music reviews, Quin fell in love with the news aspect of radio. When asked what he enjoys most about Impact he replied, “When I first joined the news team I had a lot of ideas, but I was afraid to say them and get judged. I like the idea that we don’t shoot ideas down, but we hone them more.” It was this collaborative attitude that eventually earned Quin a spot at the helm of Impact’s news program, Exposure.

A news program in the same vein as This American Life, Exposure is student run. Topics covered by the program range from news, both local and global, to pieces on campus clubs and sports. Recently, Quin did a show about “uncommon” majors at MSU and interviewed Prof. Danielle DeVoss about the PW program.

In order to decide on a proper focus for a piece or article, Quin and his news team get together for an hour every week and brainstorm ideas. Quin explains that the only real screening Exposure has is whether a topic is pertinent to college students.

In order to ensure that broadcasted content meets Impact’s standards, Quin relies heavily on knowledge he’s gained from PW. “Professional Writing is a major that shapes writing skills, which are essential for the work world,” he says. Quin notes that these skills help him in scenarios ranging from working effectively in a group to running a proper interview. “PW helped me get this job in the sense that it bolstered my interview and résumé-building skills.”

Although not married to a specific career path, a possible occupation for Quin could be a position in informational media. It doesn’t matter if it’s working for a large-scale employer like NPR or writing articles for organizations like Pitchfork. Quin’s only true wish is to do what he wants in a comfortable workplace environment.

10 Awesome Quotes on Creativity To Get You Back On Track


1. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ―Sylvia Plath

2. “Because of the routines we follow, we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure. Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen. We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.” Maya Angelou

3. “I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking” ―Albert Einstein

4. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ― Scott Adams

5. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” ―Steve Jobs

6. “Reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature – all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and you’ll find out how big a prize you’ve won.” ―Twyla Tharp

7. “A picture might be worth a thousand words but a good sentence is worth a thousand windows” Mati Klarwein

8. “In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.” Junot Díaz

9. “If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.” Austin Kleon

10. “To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pearce

Ditch Your Thesaurus: A Writing Tip from Stephen King


While perusing Lifehacker, I stumbled across an article that was a call to action from the ever great writer Stephen King.

Put away your dictionary, your encyclopedias, your World Almanac, and your thesaurus. Better yet, throw your thesaurus into the wastebasket,” he advises.

Now, I’m quite the fan of my thesaurus. The synonym tool in Microsoft Word is my best friend. I like learning and using new words! However, breaking your flow to replace a word can be detrimental to your writing, according to King. He says to fix it later; it’s not going anywhere.

Get the rest of the quote here.

Don’t Get Burned Out

With the semester coming to an end, we are all extra vulnerable to getting burnout. “Burnout” according to writer Adam Dachis is…

“Most demanding careers practically guarantee stress, but if you’re feeling completely exhausted, unable to concentrate, or as though you’re neglecting your own well-being, you may be suffering from burnout. It’s a very real condition that’s easy to ignore, but you can detect and fix the problem if you know what to do.”

In addition to defining “burnout”, Dachis also identifies its causes and gives tips on how to both avoid and recover from it in his article “Burnout Is Real: How to Identify and Address Your Burnout Problem”.

So if you are starting to feel exhausted and falling asleep at work or class, you can invest in more coffee or you can make a much healthier choice and check out this article.